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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 03-14-2012, 05:00 PM Thread Starter
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So, I was out riding today and my bike starts sputtering. Only once or twice to begin with, then within a couple minutes, it was sputtering pretty bad. I pull over, and the engine stalls. I tried to refire it and it runs for about 10 seconds then stalls again. I let it set for about 30 minutes and try it again. It fired right up and ran fine, just long enough to get me home (10 minutes), then the sputtering started again. As I pulled in the drive way it stalled again.

I contacted my local dealer and the only thing they could think of was to check and make sure the tank was venting. He said to open the gas cap and listen for a gasping sound as if the tank was pressurized, and also check the vent line. I did not hear any sound when opening the gas cap and the vent line looks clear from what I can see.

I have a 2011 vegas 8-ball with 5009 miles. I just recently (last week) installed the RPW big slash exhaust, S&S intake, and had the dealer download the S&S 2-1 map. The bike ran fine for 250 miles since the install so I dont think it is related but I guess it could be.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I am planning on trailering it to the dealer tomorrow but I have not been impressed with their knowledge of Victory bikes so far so I thought I would ask the experts on here.

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So, I was out riding today and my bike starts sputtering. Only once or twice to begin with, then within a couple minutes, it was sputtering pretty bad. I pull over, and the engine stalls. I tried to refire it and it runs for about 10 seconds then stalls again. I let it set for about 30 minutes and try it again. It fired right up and ran fine, just long enough to get me home (10 minutes), then the sputtering started again. As I pulled in the drive way it stalled again.

I contacted my local dealer and the only thing they could think of was to check and make sure the tank was venting. He said to open the gas cap and listen for a gasping sound as if the tank was pressurized, and also check the vent line. I did not hear any sound when opening the gas cap and the vent line looks clear from what I can see.

I have a 2011 vegas 8-ball with 5009 miles. I just recently (last week) installed the RPW big slash exhaust, S&S intake, and had the dealer download the S&S 2-1 map. The bike ran fine for 250 miles since the install so I dont think it is related but I guess it could be.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I am planning on trailering it to the dealer tomorrow but I have not been impressed with their knowledge of Victory bikes so far so I thought I would ask the experts on here.

Thanks.
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How about the fuel from your last fill up??

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Thanks CrossRoads for the quick reply.

I checked the battery connections. They are clean and tight. I loosened and retightened to make sure. Problem still happening.
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Blueline, I filled up yesterday at a gas station that I frequent quite often. I put 65 miles on the bike since the fill up before any issue. Do you think it would take that long for the issue to occur if it was the gas?

Thanks for your advice aswell.

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Air intake sensor. Mine is brand new, when the tec was doing the test ride it was doing the same thing as yours. They did all kinds of trouble shooting found out the air intake sensor was dirty wiped it off and the bike was 100 percent.
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If it was running perfect after all the changes you made as you say for 250 miles, "probably" unrelated, unless something has come loose such as pipe fittings or header gasket.

But... sure sounds like bad gas or dirty injectors. I'd try some injector cleaner that you add to fuel, and also add some "water removal" stabilizer to see if you can flush the kootes out.

One other item to check is the program. Have them hook it all up again and check air mixture also see if your running way to rich anywhere (and check your plugs and wires - cheap repair to change plugs), but doubt it if as you say, all running good before.

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After tomorrow, when your up and running like you should, let us know what the resolution was.

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After tomorrow, when your up and running like you should, let us know what the resolution was.
I will. Hopefully it is nothing too serious/costly. It is absolutely beautiful here in NC right now, and I would much rather be on the bike, than the bike being on a trailer.
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I dropped it off at the dealer this morning. The problem was actually worse today. The bike wouldn't run for 5-10 seconds before shutting off. I put some fuel stabilizer and a small amount of injector cleaner in it last night but I honestly dont think it is running long enough to get anything circulated through the system.

They checked the fuel pressure while I was at the dealer and it was running around 50psi, which he said was within spec for the 2011 models. He said that the fuel pressure did not drop when it stalled out either. If I'm not mistaken this would eliminate the fuel pump and fuel filter. Although, I guess the fuel itself could still be bad.

I will let you guys know what I find out.
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